Society of Professional Audio Recording Services

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The Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) is an organization that holds conferences and publishes papers about the professional audio community. Its members include many of the top audio engineers working in the industry today.

SPARS was founded in 1979[1] as the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios[2] by the heads of eleven leading U.S. recording facilities. Among the co-founders: Mack Emerman/Criteria Studios, Chris Stone/Record Plant Studios, Joe Tarsia/Sigma Sound Studios, Howard Schwartz, Bob Liftin/Regent Sound, Murray Allen/Universal Recording.[3]

SPARS developed the SPARS Code, which was common on the back of CD covers from the late eighties to the mid nineties. It specified whether analogue or digital recording mediums were used in each process of the recording (recording, mixing, mastering).


  1. ^ "SPARS". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  2. ^ Fisher, Lawrence M. (1986-03-23). "High Technology; Audio Opportunities, New and Tougher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  3. ^ Eskow, Gary (2002-10-01). "Howard Schwartz". Mixonline. Retrieved 2019-08-21.

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